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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (8/2/07)

Contact: Mitch Demick (708) 222-4542

Hawthorne’s Night of Champions preview

Stickney, IL – The eliminations and previews are complete and on Saturday, August 4, Hawthorne Race Course will present a Night of Champions for Illinois Standardbreds, nine stake races in all worth nearly $600,000.

The 14-race program kicks off with The $46,000 Fox Valley Evita for three-year-old filly trotters and concludes with the $71,500 Fox Valley Dynamic for two-year-old pacing colts. In between, six other Illinois-bred stakes will crown divisional Hawthorne champions, including the prestigious $92,000 Robert F. Carey Jr. Memorial Open Pace.

Here’s a brief look at the nine stake races, and their respective fields.

The Fox Valley Evita – Three-Year-Old Trotting Fillies – Purse $46,000

Mogo On The Gogogo and J.C. Josie have exchanged blows in many of their past battles. Both figure to be favored in this spot, with Victor’s Phantom and Dream of Victoria possible upsetters.

    2007 Year to Date      
PP Horse Sts W P S Time Earnings Driver Odds Med
1 DREAM OF VICTORIA 5 0 0 0 Q2:01.3M 0 Todd E Warren 8-1  
2 VAPOR RISES 12 2 2 3 2:05.3H $18,366 Brandon M Simpson 5-1  
3 VICTOR'S PHANTOM 11 1 1 1 1:58.3M 17,834 Brent Holland 4-1 L
4 J C JOSIE 9 3 2 1 1:57.2M 41,237 Homer J Hochstetler 5-2  
5 FOX VALLEY DEJA 7 0 0 2 - 1,927 Ryan J Anderson 30-1 L
6 STAR SWAGGER 13 2 1 1 1:59.1M 13,993 Dale P Hiteman 12-1  
7 FILLY HOTSPUR 14 1 4 3 1:58.2M 21,666 Delbert Lee Chupp 6-1  
8 MOGO ON THE GOGOGO 9 3 2 2 1:57.4M 40,417 David R Magee 7-2  

The Star Slinger – Two-Year-Old Trotting Fillies – Purse $57,500

So Sexy and Chugwater Gal are the key players in this event. So Sexy won both her eliminations, exhibiting courage and class in the process, while Chugwater Gal made a break in leg one, but rebounded to gamely take a division of leg two. Both figure slightly better than International Red, Judy Luns and Lil Bit Tough, all three of whom should contend.

    2007 Year to Date      
PP Horse Sts W P S Time Earnings Driver Odds Med
1 SO SEXY 2 2 0 0 2:01.0M $10,000 Ryan J Anderson 2-1  
2 RAINBOW VICTORIA 4 0 1 1 - 1,847 John D Finn 15-1  
3 FOX VALLEY TINA 5 0 2 1 - 5,498 Mark S Saporito 10-1  
4 CARDINAL SPEEDY 3 0 0 0 - 500 Homer J Hochstetler 20-1  
5 CHUGWATER GAL 2 1 0 1 2:01.4M 6,200 Michael J Oosting 7-2  
6 FOX VALLEY SHANNON 3 0 1 2 - 1,925 Robert Spencer Taylor 20-1  
7 INTERNATIONAL RED 2 0 1 1 Q2:03.0F 3,700 John Duke Sugg 8-1  
8 JUDY LUNS 2 1 0 0 2:02.3M 5,000 Brent Holland 8-1  
9 LIL BIT TUFF 3 1 2 0 2:02.2M 7,500 David R Magee 9-2  
10 KANLIN GOLD 6 1 1 1 2:08.1M 3,202 Dale P Hiteman 12-1  
AE MIS VAPOR TRAIL 3 0 0 0 - 500 Homer J Hochstetler    
AE FOX VALLEY CHIKA D 4 0 0 0 - 0 Brandon M Simpson    

The Plesac – Two Year Old Trotting Colts – Purse $58,000

Maxter and Hall of Fame driver Dave Magee have teamed up to take both legs of the Plesac eliminations. His first win resulted in a track record and if the youngster can stay flat, he will take some catching. Kan Jamicamecrazy has been close to Maxter in both starts and also must behave if he is to be a factor. Look for a much improved effort from Spirit Warrior.

    2007 Year to Date      
PP Horse Sts W P S Time Earnings Driver Odds Med
1 MYSTICAL ACCOUNT 5 4 0 1 2:07.4H $9,276 Dirk Simpson 9-2  
2 KAN JAMAICAMECRAZY 6 0 1 2 - 2,854 Brent Holland 7-2  
3 BIG GUN 5 2 0 0 2:02.3M 1,112 John D Finn 20-1  
4 MOOD MAN 2 0 1 0 - 3,000 Dean T Magee 8-1  
5 MAXTER 4 2 0 0 1:59.3M 10,485 David R Magee 9-5  
6 VALLEY SPEED 5 1 1 0 2:08.3M 5,850 Henry Allen Lunsford 10-1  
7 FOX VALLEY SUMMIT 2 0 0 0 - 0 Dale P Hiteman 20-1  
8 TROPICANA RON 3 0 0 0 - 468 Tim A Tetrick 30-1  
9 SPIRIT WARRIOR 4 2 0 1 2:01.0M 6,332 Ryan J Anderson 8-1  
10 RTPRIMETIME 3 0 0 0 - 500 Michael J Oosting 12-1  
AE LUCKY LITTLE CHIP 3 0 0 1 - 1,211 Ryan J Anderson    

The Gumcorner Lad – Three Year Old Trotting Colts and Geldings – Purse $51,500

The Roger Welch-trained entry of Spunky Vic and Fox Valley Isbi may be slight post time favorites based on post position draw and consistency. Fox Valley Isbi dead-heated with No Jokin’ in their last encounter, but a tough draw may compromise No Jokin’s best chances for the win. Look for Thundercrack and L.F. Topaz to figure in the outcome.

    2007 Year to Date      
PP Horse Sts W P S Time Earnings Driver Odds Med
1 HARMONY OAKS RANDY 9 0 1 2 - 4,492 Charles Jason Dillander 20-1  
2 POURMEATEQULASHELA 11 0 2 3 - 9,122 Michael J Oosting 8-1  
3 L F TOPAZ 17 3 1 3 1:58.2M 19,024 Steven J Searle 9-2  
4 SWEET WILLIE 8 2 0 1 1:57.3M 11,440 Dean T Magee 8-1  
5 SPUNKY VIC 13 1 4 6 1:57.3M 27,377 Ryan J Anderson 3-1 L
6 LOFTY GAME 16 2 1 0 1:59.0M 8,244 Delbert Lee Chupp 12-1  
7 VAPOR MAKER 11 1 0 1 1:58.0M 9,879 Homer J Hochstetler 30-1  
8 THUNDERCRACK 2 0 1 0 Q2:01.4M 3,255 Samuel D Widger 6-1  
9 NO JOKIN' 12 3 3 3 1:57.4M 20,314 David R Magee 7-2  
10 FOX VALLEY ISBI 10 2 1 2 1:57.4M 10,896 Brent Holland 3-1 L

The Master Shawn Final – Three Year Old Pacing Colts and Geldings – Purse $61,500

Wide open race figures to be won by trip sitter. The Ken Rucker-trained Brother Vinny looks to be ready to fire a winning mile, but Fox Valley Curahee, Booze Cruzin, and Saratoga John each should be prominent at some point in the mile. The four earlier divisions of The Master Shawn each produced a different winner.

    2007 Year to Date      
PP Horse Sts W P S Time Earnings Driver Odds Med
1 ONE PARK PLACE 14 0 1 5 - 34,360 Ed F Hensley 6-1 L
2 ESCAPEFROMALCATRAZ 9 1 1 2 1:54.0M 6,708 Ed F Hensley 3-1 L
3 FOX VALLEY CURAHEE 9 4 2 1 1:52.1M 21,041 Ryan J Anderson 5-2 L
4 HEIDI'S DANCER 7 1 2 1 Q1:55.3M 5,470 David R Magee 9-2  
5 ALL IS SAIDANDDONE 14 6 2 2 1:53.0M 27,747 Brent Holland 5-2  
6 BROTHER VINNY 9 3 2 1 1:52.1M 22,479 Michael J Oosting 3-1 L
7 SARATOGA JOHN 19 5 5 3 1:51.3M 86,323 Brent Holland 6-1 L
8 ARTHUR B SKIPALONG 20 1 2 4 1:57.3M 15,332 Delbert Lee Chupp 20-1  
9 BOOZE CRUZIN 9 3 2 0 1:52.1M 45,290 Samuel D Widger 6-1  
10 ASCOT BOURBON 6 0 1 1 Q1:58.3M 4,624 Samuel D Widger 20-1  
AE SNEAKY B SKIPALONG 7 2 0 0 1:52.0H 54,156 Dale P Hiteman    

The Robert F. Carey Jr. Memorial – Open – Purse $92,000

Life Guard on Duty has been sensational in recent weeks, culminating with a monstrous 1:48.4 mile last Saturday night, however, post position eight will make his task difficult. The nation's leading driver Tim Tetrick is flying here from the Meadowlands to guide Cheyenne Hollywood, while Manhardt, My Boy David and Maywood track record holder Thisbigdogwilfight all have legitimate chances for the largest slice of the pie.

    2007 Year to Date      
PP Horse Sts W P S Time Earnings Driver Odds Med
1 MAKE IT BRIEF 23 4 3 6 1:50.2M 73,740 Dean T Magee 12-1 L
2 TIMESAREACHANGING 10 3 2 2 1:51.1S 76,609 Brent Holland 7-2 L
3 MY BOY DAVID 20 3 5 5 1:49.4M 116,997 Ryan J Anderson 8-1  
4 CHEYENNE HOLLYWOOD 20 6 5 2 1:51.0F 186,200 Tim A Tetrick 10-1 L
5 THISBIGDOGWILFIGHT 14 8 1 3 1:49.3M 108,448 David R Magee 9-2 L
6 GOLD DUST BEACH 18 4 5 3 1:49.0F 179,139 Patrick D Berry 5-1 L
7 MANHARDT 18 6 5 0 1:50.3M 99,265 Ed F Hensley 6-1 L
8 LIFE GUARD ON DUTY 21 6 3 3 1:48.4M 77,769 Charles Jason Dillander 3-1 L

The Determination Plus – Three Year Old Pacing Fillies – Purse $59,000

There’s a scheduled full field of 10, but most eyes will be focused on Sportsfancy and Faith Leigh. The two have split decisions in recent weeks, but Sportsfancy looked impressive getting the best of Faith Leigh one week ago. Should one of the two favorites falter, Perdido, a driving winner in last week’s divisional leg, and Fox Valley Sarong, a sharp second to Sportsfancy in her last start, both figure strongly.

    2007 Year to Date      
PP Horse Sts W P S Time Earnings Driver Odds Med
1 COLETTE 12 1 0 2 1:54.0M 22,661 Dale P Hiteman 2-1  
2 FOX VALLEY NANNERS 7 1 1 3 1:54.4M 9,298 Brent Holland 8-1 L
3 FOX VALLEY SARONG 8 0 4 0 - 33,254 David R Magee 6-1  
4 FAITH LEIGH 15 5 5 2 1:51.1M 98,525 Brent Holland 5-2  
5 PERDIDO 10 2 2 6 1:52.2M 30,703 Todd E Warren 9-2  
6 LAURA GO LIGHTLY 14 1 1 4 1:55.4M 10,432 Jeffrey W Cullipher 20-1  
7 SPORTSFANCY 11 8 2 0 1:51.4M 137,530 Ryan J Anderson 2-1  
8 THERE FOR ME 7 2 2 2 1:54.1M 13,284 Tim A Tetrick 15-1  
9 PAST THE EVIDENCE 10 4 1 0 1:56.1M 21,282 Dale P Hiteman 30-1  
10 PARKING PLACE 11 1 4 2 1:54.1S 15,806 Samuel D Widger 10-1 L

The Broadway Tax – Two Year Old Filly Pacers – Purse $78,500

Big purse and a precocious filly pacer combine in this final. The Richard Schrock-trained She’s So Hot has been nothing short of sensational in ripping through the first two legs of this series. In leg two, She’s So Hot paced the mile in 1:52.4, which knocked a whopping 4/5s of a second off the previous track record. Part Time Lover, Dingy’s Model and Get That Cheese have all performed well, but look like trifecta fillers in this spot.

    2007 Year to Date      
PP Horse Sts W P S Time Earnings Driver Odds Med
1 PARKLANE STARLET 6 1 3 0 1:57.1M 12,050 Dale P Hiteman 6-1  
2 SIENNA BLUE 6 0 1 2 - 3782 Ryan J Anderson 12-1  
3 ALI CAT 5 1 1 1 1:56.1M 15750 Tim A Tetrick 20-1  
4 MS DIEHARD 8 0 3 4 - 5896 Todd E Warren 20-1  
5 PART TIME LOVER 2 1 1 0 1:56.0M 7500 Brandon M Simpson 8-1  
6 INCREDIBLE KISS 6 1 0 1 1:58.1M 4232 Jeffrey W Cullipher 30-1  
7 GET THAT CHEESE 2 0 0 1 Q1:58.3M 1200 David R Magee 8-1  
8 SHE'S SO HOT 6 5 1 0 1:52.4M 24175 David R Magee 8-5  
9 MISS VIOLET 2 0 1 0 Q2:03.2H 3300 David R Magee 15-1  
10 DINGY'S MODEL 5 3 1 0 1:55.3M 10375 Samuel D Widger 7-2  
AE MURVYS LADY 4 0 0 0 Q2:01.1M 1250 Brandon M Simpson    
AE LOVELY HOTSPUR 5 1 0 1 1:58.2M 4432 Samuel D Widger    

The Fox Valley Dynamic – Three Year Old Pacing Colts and Geldings – Purse $71,500

We might have saved the most competitive final for the finale. No clear cut favorite in here, as multiple division winners in the previous legs make finding a winner a handicapper’s odyssey. The Rucker entry of Game Time Who and Mucho Sleazy offer two-for-one value, but Too Much Pepper, Omaha Survivor and Determine This should be reckoned with. Also, don’t discount Fox Valley Carmelo or King of Kings, the latter of which has thus far disappointed as a twice heavy favorite with legitimate excuses.

    2007 Year to Date      
PP Horse Sts W P S Time Earnings Driver Odds Med
1 TOO MUCH PEPPER 5 3 0 0 1:55.0M 10,457 David R Magee 3-1  
2 FOX VALLEY QUANTUM 5 0 1 2 Q2:00.2M 5,600 Charles Jason Dillander 8-1  
3 OMAHA SURVIVOR 3 1 1 0 1:54.2M 6,316 David R Magee 8-1  
4 KING OF KINGS 4 1 0 2 1:54.1M 4,422 Brent Holland 7-2  
5 WESMOKEMPEACEPIPE 6 2 1 2 2:01.4H 9,033 Brandon M Simpson 8-1  
6 GAME TIME WHO 5 0 1 1 - 3,132 Ed F Hensley 9-2  
7 MUCHO SLEAZY 4 1 1 1 1:53.3M 8,116 Michael J Oosting 9-2  
8 FOX VALLEY CARMELO 6 1 1 0 1:59.0M 5,932 Robert P Smolin 12-1  
9 DETERMINE THIS 2 2 0 0 1:54.4M 7,632 Ryan J Anderson 4-1  
10 AINT NO HEARSAY 5 1 2 2 1:54.4M 13,050 Ryan J Anderson 15-1  
AE THE VOICE OF TRUTH 3 0 1 0 - 7,300 Todd E Warren   L
AE CHOROS C 3 1 0 0 2:06.0H 1,410 Ronnie Gillespie    

For those fans who purport a casual racing enthusiasm, Hawthorne Race Course will also have on hand reigning Miss Illinois, Ashley Hatfield, plus an evening’s worth of entertainment and giveaways, including the chance to enter to win a two year lease on a Jeep Compass.

The Place Pick Five Challenge will be contested for the final time at the meet with a chance for a single winner to earn $5,000.

*The entries courtesy of The U.S. Trotting Association

Hawthorne Race Course presents live harness beginning on June 22 and concluding on August 5. During this time only Mondays will be a dark day for our live program. As always, Hawthorne will be open for simulcasting 7 days a week. We are located at 3501 S. Laramie Avenue, Cicero, IL, 60804. Call (708) 780-3700 or visit the Web site at www.hawthorneracecourse.com.

 

 

 

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